Appraisal of Literature. B71P02 – Foundations in Evidence-Based Practice. Task 4. The task requires that you:
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The task requires that you:
This presentation is designed to introduce you to systematic approaches to literature appraisal.
(Carnwell & Daly, 2001)
A literature appraisal may seek to answer a number of questions:
(Adapted from le May, 1999)
You are trying to establish what the evidence base is concerning your chosen aspect of nursing care and how it may or should impact on your practice.
(Polit & Hungler, 1991)
This involves reading.
An example might be for the topic area of Handwashing. Themes might emerge from your initial reading that include:
You can then structure more detailed reading around these theme areas or limit your focus to some rather than all.
The main body might:
Clifford, C. (1997) Nursing and Health Care Research: A skills-based introduction, London, Prentice Hall
Carnwell, R. and Daly, W. (2001) ‘Strategies for the construction of a critical review of the literature’, Nurse Education in Practice, Vol.1, pp.57-63
Le May, A. (1999) Evidence based practice – Nursing Times Clinical Monographs No 1, London, NT books/Emap Healthcare Ltd